Organic Fertilizer Checklist

Checklist for purchasing poultry-based Organic Fertilizers


  • Do the fertilizers carry an organic certification from a USDA approved agency (and CDFA for California growers required by 1-1-2012)?


  • Do all of the components in the fertilizer blends carry WSDA, and CDFA organic certification (CCOF only accepts WSDA or CDFA)?


  • Have the manufacturing plant(s) and manufacturing process been validated through an independent and accredited third party evaluation? This is required by the LGMA. (Leafy Green Marketing Agreement).


  • Have all applicable manufacturing personnel been trained and certified by an approved agency in the proper completion of the 12 point sampling system?


  • Does the manufacturer provide a Certificate of Analysis with every load, including testing for Fecal Coliform, E. coli, listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella (this may include testing for multiple lot numbers contained on a single truck)?


  • Is the manure processed, screened, composted and/or dehydrated prior to pelletizing?


  • Is the manure consistent in quality? Is it derived from the same producer with the same feed inputs, bedding materials and handling methodology?


  • Can the source(s) of the poultry manure provide in writing a verifiable poultry density of less than 12 birds per square meter?


  • Is the manure derived from a non-caged source(s)?


  • Can the manufacturer provide a daily trace by lot number showing the ingredients used and hourly manufacturing operating temperatures?

  • Will the manufacturer provide written documentation that arsenic and hormones are not being fed to the poultry?


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